My first car was a 2003 Toyota Corolla that my dad gave me after he bought a 2011 Corolla. He gave it to me with 299,999 miles cuz it was stuck there. He drove about 160 miles a day for work. I am…

missisu2001

My first car was a 2003 Toyota Corolla that my dad gave me after he bought a 2011 Corolla. He gave it to me with 299,999 miles cuz it was stuck there. He drove about 160 miles a day for work. I am still driving it and its at 626,589 miles because I keep track with the trip odometer. Well, I took it for an oil change and I got a not good report. The mounts and frame are rusted that hold in the trans and engine. Shocks are rusted and need replacement because they are causing my tires to feather. (original shocks!!!!) and my brake calipers were rusted stuck to my wheel. The trans is shifting rough and its the original. I got the brakes fixed. But I am making a decision to put this wonderful car to sleep since the rust is just making it dangerous to drive. I will drive it for a few months to get my moneys worth but my dad is going to buy a new 2020 corolla and he will give me his 2011. Cycle continues. I am sad and weirdly in mourning to have to do this. I started cleaning things out of my car and memories started to pop up and I literally started to shed tears. I got so connected to this car. It took care of me in college and my first big kid job and got me to work and important meetings and helped my career just by being ole reliable always. I got a masters degree, I became a director at a health department, I drove friends home because their car broke down in winter or whatever, its been there for me in my major formative years. However, a new chapter beings with dads 2011. Thanks for reading but I talk about this and no one seems to understand my feelings towards this car. "its just a thing" I really feel its more than that. That car took care of me and is associated with my dad taking care of me and giving me a great car. I was a broke college kid and couldn't afford a car payment at the time. I can now but I am so happy he is still passing on another corolla to me nonetheless. Hoping I am not making a mistake here.

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EBC1680
EBC1680

@missisu2001: I feel the same for my car as you do. It has been with me for over 20 years and I treat it as a child but now it has lived its life. Though engine is running good but other parts are giving up and each month something or the other is broken and it costs 100's. I have not given up yet though everyone says its time and I should get a new car but I tell everyone that the car has supported me in all different kinds of weather, been with me always whenever I needed it, so letting go is not easy. I just love my car.